Relatives of Henry Adams.
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1. Abigail1 Adams was born in 1658/59.
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2. Joseph2 Adams Freeman at Braintree, Massachusetts in 1653. Joseph was the great grandfather of President John Adams (1735-1826) of Boston, and the great great grandfather of President John Quincy Adams (1767-1848) of Quincy, Massachusetts. Buried near his father. Maltster. He was born on 9 February 1626 at Kingweston, Somersetshire, England. He married Abigail Baxter on 26 November 1650 at Braintree, Massachusetts. He died on 6 December 1694 at Braintree, Norfolk Co., Massachusetts, at age 68.
3. Abigail2 Baxter. Her married name was Adams. She was born in September 1634 at Roxbury, Massachusetts. She married Joseph Adams, son of Henry Adams and Edith Squire, on 26 November 1650 at Braintree, Massachusetts. She died on 27 August 1692 at Braintree, Massachusetts, at age 57.
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4. Henry3 Adams Lived at Braintree, Massachusetts. He was from Somersetshire, England, and was the progenitor of the American family that gave us two U.S. presidents, a minister to Great Britain, a Secretary of the Navy, and many others
distinguished in letters, science, public affairs, business, and finance.
Since 1792, Braintree has been renamed Quincy, Massachusetts.
In 1614 he was living in Barton St. David in Somersetshire, among the Polden Hills just 7 miles southeast of Glastonbury. Before 1622 he moved to the adjoining parish of Kingweston where his youngest children were baptized. What occupied him there, and why he moved to America is unknown. From there Henry and Edith, and Ursula and 7 of their sons left England, arriving at Boston, Massachusetts in 1636. Their third son, Jonathan, remained behind for another dozen years. Accompanying them on the voyage was Margaret Sheppard, one of Edith's four sisters, and her husband John.
Henry was granted 40 acres at Mount Wollaston, six miles south of Boston. In 1640 Mount Wollaston became part of Braintree, Massachusetts (later Quincy.) By the time Henry received his acreage, the initial land clearing had been done, the first roads laid out, and a school and church established. More influential Mount Wollaston settlers like Edmund Quincy and William Hutchinson, the husband of the irritatingly heretical Anne, were granted as much as 500 acres by the Massachusetts legislature, the General Court.
Henry lived a mere 8 years after setting foot on American soil, farming his acreage, brewing beer in a shed next to his two-room house, caring for the children, and acquiring a respectable minimum of possessions. After Henry died, and Edith remarried, the house reverted to Ursula and the two youngest sons, Joseph and Edward. Later Joseph secured his father's farm, where he lived out the rest of his life, the only Adams to remain in Quincy. Four of the sons had relocated to the Medfield area, and two to Chelmsford.
Henry's distinguished great-great-grandson, President John Adams (1735-1826), had engraved on a memorial tomb in Quincy, Massachusetts, that his ancestor 'Took flight from the Dragon persecution in Devonshire in England,' which has been found to be incorrect.
See the Henry Adams Genealogy, by J. Gardner Bartlett, 1927, or A Genealogical History of Henry Adams of Braintree, Mass., and His Descendants, by Andrew Napoleon Adams.
The NEHGS Register, Vol. 153, Apr., 1999, has an article 'Notes on a Line from Henry Adams,' by Helen S. Ullmann, pp. 213-220, that contains a nice summary of authoritative publications concerning the Adams, and also reveals questionable conclusions of previous researchers.
S.P. N.S. 1-429 Will of Henry Adams of Braintree 1646:
Sons Peter & John & daughter Ursula shall have the ground in the neck, both upland & meadow, during the term I was to enjoy it, until it return to the town's hands again from whom I had it. Also the acre in the mill fields. Books to be divided among all my children, wife to have other goods as long as unmarried and if she marry Joseph, Edward & Ursula to enjoy all the ground in the field that lieth in the way to Weymouth ferry and my house lot with all houses and fruit trees and moveables at death or marriage of my wife, provided they and their mother pay my son Samuel what is due for ground I bought of him. But in case God should soe deal with my wife that shee be constrayned to make use of something by way of sale shee may.
For moveables Peter & John shall have an equal share with my sons Joseph & Edward and daughter Ursula. Witnesses: Benjamin Allbe, Richard Brackett.
2-32 8:4:1647 Inventory œ75/13/ Deposed in court 8 (4) 1647:
House & barn & ground about them œ26. Doesn't say who took it.
Some ground within the fence leading to Weymouth ferry œ10.
Other children sometimes attributed to Henry Adams are Jane, and a son Christopher who is said to have returned to England. He was born between 21 January 1582 and 1583 at Barton St. David, Somersetshire, England. He married Edith Squire on 19 October 1609 at Charlton Mackrell, Somersetshire, England. He died on 6 October 1646 at Braintree, Norfolk Co., Massachusetts. He was buried on 8 October 1646 at Braintree, Norfolk Co., Massachusetts.
5. Edith3 Squire. Her married name was Adams. She was christened on 29 May 1587 at Charlton Mackrell, Somersetshire, England. She married Henry Adams on 19 October 1609 at Charlton Mackrell, Somersetshire, England. She married an unknown person circa 1651 at Weymouth, Norfolk Co., Massachusetts. She died on 21 January 1672/73 at Medfield, Massachusetts, at age 85.
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Created by The Genealogy Researcher on 9 Oct 2015 at 7:39 am.